Humanitarian Health Action

Health in Indonesia - Volcanic eruption: Mount Merapi in Central Java

March 2014 -- When Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia, erupted in October 2010, the lava flows and ash plumes hit many people unprepared. Around 350 000 people who lived on the slopes of the volcano within a radius of 10 km were evacuated to emergency shelters. But because they refused to leave their homes or returned while the eruptions were still continuing, more than 300 people were killed during the disaster.